caring for the elderly parents and helping with grandkids

A Panda is cute but a Webkinz Panda is one of those stuffed animals that is cute and a gift that will be fun and educational for your grandchildren all year longThis year continues to have intriguing weather. We went from snow warnings that fizzled to gorgeous sunny skies with chilly temps that are supposed to warm every day til we hit the 70s then shoot back down. In the meantime, my grandkids and I thoroughly enjoyed the extra playtime outside today and are looking forward to roller skating fun along with a possible trip to the park tomorrow.

My back is doing OK but,understandably, I'm really baby-ing it. So today we spent much of our outside time playing "walking ball tag" meaning I would only walk while they could run to their hearts content. 

I was rather wistful about it all til God reminded me that I am in my upper 50s – almost 60, GASP! And here I'm still able and willing to run – literally – most of the time. So I can't complain about a couple of weeks of downtime, that's for sure. 

When it was time to head inside, an old favorite – Webkinz – beckoned to the grandkids providing a grand help for me. They don't play it as much as they used to, with so many other sites they enjoy as well. But when they go there, they do enjoy it just as much as ever. 

I noticed Webkinz has made a bunch more changes! They've added even more interesting challenges for kids. I liked that they got rid of their map that was so confusing. I'm not super crazy about the new way they are doing the map and the boys bypassed it totally to head straight for their old fave, checkers. I actually worked through that particular challenge and found it a tad bit difficult. Then again, I suspect kids can handle better than me.

Overall, though, I still give Webkinz an A+ for our grandkids and have already ordered new Webkinz stuffed animals for all my grandkids. Those will probably end up being Valentine gifts BUT the codes will go in earlier for some of them to ensure their sites don't expire. One nice change they've made over the years is that if they do accidentally expire, Webkinz now holds it for them and restores it when you add another pet. And you DEFINITELY want to keep their older accounts because starting over is much more difficult than it used to be. 

All in all, though, it's a fun and safe online place for our grandkids and us to enjoy. How about you and your grandchildren? Do you play the Webkinz tournament games with them – locally and/or long distance? Got any other fun and safe websites for the grandkids. We'd love to hear.

Cute Webkinz stuffed plush animals like this Webkinz bengal tiger are fun to play with and have the perfect autumn fall colors

Such fun for grandparents - in AND out of the Sandwich Generation - at Grandparents Say It Saturday Linky Party - Do Join in the fun

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I love the vibrant colors of fall - autumn bliss for this Sandwich Generation grandmother and caregiver

AUTUMN! It is all around me and I am treasuring each golden brown, red, and yellow leaf as they swirl around me in a glorious autumn ballet! I keep telling my senior mom and the grandkids, "Isn't this GORGEOUS!" Every day is better than the last in our area. How about yours? Are you in autumn – or spring? Or still in summer, or fast forwarded to fall?

Isn't it intriguing how God's world offers such delightful variety for all of us! Today's theme for Beverly's Pink Saturday is fall flowers and foliage. Talk about sweet autumn bliss! First to get the photos and second to enjoy everyone else's lovely pictures.

Restful water and autumn bliss - rests the eyes and is a sweet way of caring for the caregiver

I got to enjoy thirty minutes of sweet pleasure as I wandered about a lovely nature preserve in our area, snapping photos – including these, as well as enjoying a delightful time watching some cute ducks and geese. Talk about sweet family memories! It reminded me of the time my parents raised ducks, geese, and turkeys. I wasn't too fond of the geese and turkeys – they kept hissing and flapping at me! But the ducks were definitely cute then and now!

Whether I have five minutes or 50, it's a sweet treat to rest my eyes on all the colorful delights around us. Taking bits of time like this to enjoy something special is a great way of "taking care of the caregiver." So do join me, even if briefly, for some quality fall site-seeing fun! 🙂

Colorful Autumn bliss for the Sandwich Generation granny nanny

P.S. And YES, these are going on my senior mom's iPad too 🙂